Magnolia Middle School students don't mind uniforms

By Staff
PUBLIC FORUM Jonas Crenshaw, assistant principal of Magnolia Middle School, wears the new school uniform Thursday while talking with about 200 parents and students. Although some parents were upset about the new policy, many students said they're willing to give uniforms a try. PHOTO BY GEORGIA E. FRYE / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
July 16, 2004
Samra Ward, who will enter the seventh-grade at Magnolia Middle School next month, said she really doesn't mind wearing a uniform to school.
Ward was one of about 200 parents and students who attended a forum Thursday at Magnolia Middle School to discuss a new uniform policy. Although some tempers flared, most students and parents said they don't have strong feelings.
Last week, the Meridian Public School Board approved a pilot program at Magnolia requiring students to wear uniforms. Parents were notified by letter that children will have to wear khaki "bottoms" and maroon or white shirts.
Magnolia Assistant Principal Jonas Crenshaw, who wore an example of the new uniform to the meeting, answered the crowd's questions.
The guidelines allow students to wear shorts, cargo pants, Capri pants or skirts as long as they are khaki. They can wear polo shirts, Oxford shirts, sweaters or blouses as long as they are white or maroon.
Crenshaw said school administrators decided to implement the policy even though they did not have an overwhelming response to a survey taken earlier this year.
Of those who responded, however, Crenshaw said more than half were in favor of uniforms. He said many local stores such as Wal-Mart, Fred's, Old Navy, J.C. Penney and the Gap will carry the needed clothing items. In addition, he said, Judge Little, a local sporting goods store, will carry shirts, sweaters and jackets with the Magnolia school logo.
Crenshaw said he believes the uniforms are necessary for the safety and self-esteem of the students.
He said he believes the dress code will improve self-esteem because all students will be dressed alike. But some students seemed unsure.

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